Sawdust and Beams
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Following Jesus’ discussion about making judgments regarding other people and the truth involved in doing so, He raises the question of being concerned with other’s faults and overlooking your own. There is an interesting perspective taking place here. When you have something in your eye, it is a HUGE irritant. It feels and seems like a beam! It cannot be ignored. Yet, in contrast your neighbor has but a speck in his eye, yet your entire focus is on the neighbor's “problem” as you see it.
A hypocrite is one who sees a fault in others and gives him or herself a pass on the same fault. Have you ever noticed how easy it is to give ourselves the benefit of the doubt and how hard it is to give others that same benefit? That is known as a “beam.” Remember, Jesus was a carpenter and He fixed beams! Still does.